1887
Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0957-6851
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9838
USD
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes

Abstract

Abstract

Despite the stated importance of fieldwork within the discipline of Linguistics, and the existence of several texts about fieldwork (Thieberger, 2012Bowren, 2008Newman & Ratliff, 2001), there is very little literature concerning the experience of fieldwork from tertiary students’ perspectives (see Macaulay, 2012). In this article, the work of four New Zealand postgraduate linguistics students working with fourteen Vanuatu teachers to translate reading materials written in Bislama into seven vernacular languages is documented. Findings indicate that students were motivated to be involved in the fieldwork by a range of factors including travel, altruism, and commitment to the communities and their languages; they drew on and, in some cases, clarified many concepts from their undergraduate studies; and that the fieldwork experiences both allowed them to gain confidence in their linguistic skills and influenced their future studies in linguistics.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1075/japc.00034.dal
2019-08-06
2019-10-22
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

  1. Barnes, M. E. & Magorinsky, P.
    (2016) What English/Language Arts teacher candidates learn during coursework and practica: A study of three teacher education programmes. Journal of Teacher Education, 68(4), 338–355. 10.1177/0022487116653661
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0022487116653661 [Google Scholar]
  2. Bowren, C.
    (2008) Linguistic Fieldwork. A Practical Guide. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillian. 10.1057/9780230590168
    https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230590168 [Google Scholar]
  3. Braun, V., & Clarke, V.
    (2006) Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3(2), 77–101. 10.1191/1478088706qp063oa
    https://doi.org/10.1191/1478088706qp063oa [Google Scholar]
  4. Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K.
    (2007) Research methods in education. Sixth Edition. London: Routledge. 10.4324/9780203029053
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203029053 [Google Scholar]
  5. Collins, W.
    (2011) Field methods: Where the rubber meets the road. InK. Kuiper (ed.). Teaching Linguistics. Reflections on practice. London: Equinox. 203–221.
    [Google Scholar]
  6. Crowley, T.
    (2007) Field Linguistics. Oxford, UK: OUP.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Daly, N. & Sharma, S.
    (2017) Motivation and the reciprocal nature of professional learning between New Zealand teachers working with untrained India teachers, Waikato Journal of Education, 22(1).
    [Google Scholar]
  8. Ethnologue Languages of the World
    Ethnologue Languages of the World (2017) How many languages are there in the world?Retrieved on30 August 2017fromhttps://www.ethnologue.com/guides/how-many-languages
  9. Fromkin, V., Rodman, R., Hyams, N., Amberer, M., Cox, R. & Thornton, R.
    (2015) An Introduction to Language. Australia and New Zealand Edition. Cengage Learning Australia.
    [Google Scholar]
  10. Lynch, J. & Crowley, T.
    (2001) Languages of Vanuatu: A new survey and bibliography. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
    [Google Scholar]
  11. Macaulay, M.
    (2012) Training linguistics students for the realities of fieldwork. InN. Thieberger (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork (pp.457–472). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  12. Ministry of Education
    Ministry of Education (2012) Vanuatu National Language Policy. Port Vila: Ministry of Education.
    [Google Scholar]
  13. Newman, P.
    (2009) Fieldwork and Field Methods in Linguistics. Language Documentation and Conservation, 3 (1), 113–125.
    [Google Scholar]
  14. Newman, P. & Ratliff, M.
    (2001) Linguistic Fieldwork. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/CBO9780511810206
    https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511810206 [Google Scholar]
  15. Thieberger, N.
    (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1075/japc.00034.dal
Loading
/content/journals/10.1075/japc.00034.dal
Loading

Data & Media loading...

  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): fieldwork , linguistics , motivation , New Zealand , tertiary students and Vanuatu
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error